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Program to Address Asian Soybean Rust Questions

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AMES, Iowa -- A satellite program presenting information and answering questions about Asian soybean rust will be held March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. The program will feature Iowa State University Extension experts and representatives from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Soybean Association.

The purpose of the two-hour program is to present a status report on the disease and allow time for questions from viewers. Several experts will provide short presentations followed by question and answer periods.

The program is being coordinated by the Iowa Soybean Rust Team, which was formed in 2003 to prepare Iowa producers for the disease. The program is designed for Iowa soybean producers and agriculture professionals but will contain information useful to anyone interested in soybean production.

Questions can be submitted by e-mail to isulink@iastate.edu or by fax to (515) 294-7767. Please include "Asian Soybean Rust Program" in the subject line. Submitted questions will help determine the focus of the program.

Options for viewing the program:

* ISU Extension county offices -- a list of those locations can be found at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/.
* Satellite -- at Intelsat 6 (Telstar 6), Channel 15 (vertical). Reception problems can be reported by calling (515) 294-0713 after the feed starts at 9:30 a.m.
* Web viewers should check the Internet connection and operating system requirements at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/webcast/. Visit this site prior to the viewing time and test your system by viewing an archived program. The Asian soybean rust program will be archived and available for later viewing at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/webcast/archive.htm.

The Iowa Soybean Rust Team members include representatives from Iowa State University, Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Production costs are being paid for with a grant from the National Plant Disease Network.


Contacts :
Barbara McBreen

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu